For Immediate Release: May 6, 2011
Statement from UFA President Steve Cassidy on Mayor Bloomberg's Budget Plan to Close 20 Fire Companies in July
The UFA pledges to join city council members and community boards across every New York City neighborhood being threatened by Mayor Bloomberg with fire company closures. According to FDNY statistics, 2010 was its busiest year in the Department's 145 years, while the last 7 years have broken previous emergency response records.
The mayor has already closed seven fire companies (2003/2009) and reduced engine company staffing levels (2011). As we approach the 10th anniversary of the 9-11 attacks and as New York and our nation are on heightened alert for terrorist retaliation attacks, to close firehouses would be dangerous and self destructive.